IGNITE at Microsoft: 2018-2019

 

Together, IGNITE Worldwide and Microsoft served an incredible 949 girls and non-binary students over the 2018-2019 school year, reaching students as early as fourth grade. That’s right, we started elementary school workshops this year and they were wonderful!

In addition to Microsoft-based workshops, panels, and tours, we also piloted mobile workshops, where we taught workshops at schools that weren’t able to attend an event at the Microsoft Reactor in Redmond, and again, what a wonderful experience! We’ll be bringing back both of those programs this year, and are excited to get started again in October!

Microsoft professionals contributed at least 200 hours of time to these students! Volunteers shared deeply personal moments and stories with students in ways that impacted us as much as them— it was a privilege to witness people sharing powerful personal stories in order to help students recognize their own power. One volunteer said, “The women speaking on the panels always come from such diverse paths to get to their current careers. I loved seeing the interest spark in the girls attending when they sense a personal familiarity with a story from one of the panelists." The first sentence illustrates one of the most powerful, but often unstated parts of the program. While IGNITE Worldwide is absolutely about encouraging girls and non-binary students to pursue STEM careers, we’re also ensuring that those of us who are currently working in STEM have a network that supports us right now, and by learning from one another, we grow.

Now, onto the fun part! Here are some of the highlights, as told by students:

  • "I enjoyed making the turtle move. It inspired me by figuring out that you can program computers to annoy your siblings." (4th grade)
  • "The panel- it gave me more info on the company. Also showed me it doesn't matter where you come from." (12th grade)
  • "Coding was the highlight. The speakers who talked about women in the workplace and how to have a better mindset. It taught me not to be scared and explore new ideas." (10th grade)
  • "It made me more interested in this field and it was great to hear from women of color about their experience and be able to relate to them as a woman of color." (12th grade)
  • “Coding is actually fun!" (10th grade)
  • “There were sooo many smart, cool and strong women.” (5th grade)
  • “I liked hearing about everyone’s backgrounds. Not all of the women at Microsoft were even interested in computer science and technology until later on. This made me feel better because I learned that Microsoft doesn’t necessarily just accept people just because they know everything, but they also look at what different people can bring to their company and [what can] help them strengthen their skills.” (10th grade)
  • “I loved that they gave us a chance to experiment with coding and learn some basics. It inspired me to attempt to change the world with code, as coding is kinda easy.” (8th grade)

 

 

IGNITE Impact Report 2017- 2018 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Why Does IGNITE Exist?


 

IGNITE Impact Report 2017-18 School Year

  • Since 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 35,000 young women in middle school and high school grades to pursue education and careers in STEM
  • In the Seattle School District alone, female participation in technology classes soared from 10% to 50% immediately after girls attended their first IGNITE event.
  • IGNITE has 75 chapters across the United States and international chapters in Nigeria, Uruguay, and Uganda.

 

  • Since 1999, IGNITE has educated and empowered over 35,000 young women in middle school and high school grades to pursue education and careers in STEM
  • In the Seattle School District alone, female participation in technology classes soared from 10% to 50% immediately after girls attended their first IGNITE event.
  • IGNITE has 75 chapters across the United States and international chapters in Nigeria, Uruguay, and Uganda.

 

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